In Defense Of Food

Done By Nikhil Shah - 6th Period


The author of In Defense Of Food is Michael Pollan. He is an American author, journalist, activists, and professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkley.


As this a non-fiction book, There is no evident setting. The chapter's consist of anecdotes and facts which support his thesis.


As I previously stated, this is a non-fiction book so the only character there really is the narrator, or Michael Pollan, the author.

Summary Statement Or Thesis:

The book's purpose is to ultimately explore the relationship between the Western Diet and nutritionism. He is ultimately wanting to show his audience that our obsession over nutritionism as an ideology is really clouding our judgements and harming our eating habits.

Thoughts and Opinion:

When I first saw this book, I was reluctant to read it. I skimmed through the pages and did not find anything which interested me. However, When I actually sat down and read the book, I was intrigued. It spoke about the fast-food industry and how it was corrupt and how what we were eating is trash. Just become they advertise there product with having no cholesterol or saturated fats doesn't mean its fresh. To do this, They have to add to there "laundry list" of chemicals, additives, and replacements. This book covers all aura's of the food-industry and speaks about the benefits and the downfalls. I recommend everyone to read this book as it will make you more conscious of what you actually eat. Read!

This book had some similar concepts and themes to my Pre-AP Anatomy class I am currently taking:

In Chapter 1 (From Food To Nutrients), Pollan talks about how many foods are manipulated in a way to achieve to achieve something. For example, Mayonaisse should contain egg yolks and oil. But when you have things like fat-free Mayonaisse, they have to manipulate the ingredients and add more preservatives and chemicals to achieve just the "fat free". So the question becomes, is it really worth the extra chemicals and preservatives in your body just for the "fat free"? Pollan recommended skipping the items with large ingredient lists and go for the originals. In Anatomy, We learned about the different types of fat and preservatives and chemicals and learned how bad they actually were for us. Whatever processed food we eat comes with chemicals and preservatives.

In Chapter 4 (Food Sciencie's Golden Age), Pollan speaks about advertising and how many boxes add stuff stuff like "whole wheat" and "fat free" to get the customer to buy the product. He recommends not to be fooled by things like this as half of it is just a gimmick. In Anatomy, We learned how to read food labels and learned what the daily amount of everything on the food label was. Using our knowledge of this, We should research and find the healthiest products.

In Chapter 6 (Eat Right, Get Fatter), Pollan conveys that just because it's "fat free" doesn't mean you can eat a bunch of it and not get fat. We gain weight depending on how many calories, carbohydrates, and fat we take in. Even though it's fat free, We are still taking in calories, thus, making us bigger. In Anatomy, We learned about consumption and how much of eat thing we should take in. We also learned about taking things in moderation and not stuffing ourself so using this, We can apply Pollan's concept and make our lives better.

In Chapter 7 (Beyond The Pleasure Principle), Pollan conveys his point about how many individuals keep stuffing themselves with something just because it's "nutritious". We shouldn't do this as a perfect balance of everything is the key to actually being healthy, not just eating one product and expecting to be fit. Again, Anatomy relates to this as we learned about moderation and how much we should take in and that one product only isn't going to help you achieve your goals. It is a combination of products.

In Chapter 10 (Nutrionism's Children), Pollan's final point is that "30 years of nutritional advice" has left us fatter, sicker, and less nutritioned. We are far more confused on what to eat: a high carb, low card, high protein, low fat diet? What should we eat? Nothing is working. We are just getting fatter and fatter by the day. Taking Anatomy is really helpful for one's self knowledge of healthiness and living well. Taking an Anatomy class can really help you and show you what you need and what you don't need. I feel as for this book to be successful with the help of an anatomy class.

***I really recommend everyone to read this book.

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In Defense Of Food